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Amendments to works written between 1920 and 1939 (B. 23-B. 76)

The amendments are mostly in early printings of the first edition. To find the full description of the precise edition copy the complete "MRS...." number and search for it in the online catalogue

 

23

Rout

Piano duet version at MRS.30.12 has note: “"With list of errata in Score, & parts of full version corrected by me for recording". This sheet was probably sent to Faber Music for the preparation of the 1985 edition, and was retained by their music editor Matthew Colins, and presented by him to the British Library, where it forms Add.Ms.59652K. There are 3 amended sections:
Fig. U-V. Clarinet part
Fig. E bars 4-7. strings score
Fig. DD bars 4-7 string score

24

Conversations

Copy at MRS.12.4 is amended by AB? on p. 15 & 30: amendments incorporated into 1985 reprint.

40

Women of Yueh

A few slight amendments by AB. One more important one in song 5: the repeat marks are in the wrong place. This error is not corrected in the1985 reprint

46

Masks

Early printing gives speeds for both pieces as <crotchet>=92;
copy at MRS.30.4 is marked by AB “both <crotchet>=84 not 92” (the Bequest includes 8 copies of this incorrect edition, which was probably withdrawn before publication)
Earliest copy received by CUL has: I. <crotchet>=84 ; II. <quaver>=160.

52

Introduction and Allegro

Copy at MRS.30.46 has corrections on the following pages:
p. 10-11 (horn added to double cello);
p. 14 (three bars before 10 re-barred to 4 bars of 3/8);
p. 67 (violin I penultimate grace note B natural changed to B flat);
Copy at MRS.47 has the first two corrections only.
The Boosey & Hawkes miniature score (1965 printing) incorporates the first two corrections.

54

Hymn to Apollo

Copy at MRS.30.49 has corrections or amendments on the following pages:
p. 10 (vl2 doubles vl1 to fig. 8; at fig. 8 vla doubles vlc for 5 bars);
p. 25 (bar 2, first note of hn solo “Not in part”)

59

Quintets, oboe strings

Copy at MRS.30.53 (1933 printing) has holograph corrections:
p. [1] crotchet = 66 ;
p. 2: crotchet = 84-88 ;
p. 4: pause on last chord followed by comma ;
p. 5 bar 3: last note of oboe & vla ten.[uto] ;
p. 13 bar 2: vla & vlc “tremolo” ;
p. 14 fig 21 : crotchet = 84-88 ;
p. 15 fig 22 bar 4: vl1 “mf” (not “p”) ;
p. 16 bar 1: pause on last note/rest of all parts ;
p. 26 : fig 13 “Tempo poco agitato crotchet = 80” ;
p. 27 fig 15 delete “ma poco tranquillo” ; crotchet = 69 ;
p. 30 end of bar 7 : tenu. On last note of oboe part ; delete comma from string quartet parts, add “(colla oboe)” ; fig. 21 bar 1: ad “(in tempo)” over vlc part ;
p. 33 fig 3 bar 4: vlc “mf” not “p”, last bar: vlc part add hairpin crescendo ;
p. 34 bar 1: add “mf” and hairpin cresc. to vl2 ; bar 2: add “mf” to oboe part ;
p. 41 bar 1: add flat to first note of vlc part ; fig 11 bar 10: add “(poco rall)” above vla part.

61

Pastoral

Copy at MRS.30.63 (1929 vocal score) has amendments (some, but not all, included in the 1954 printing):
p. 1 fig 2 bar 6 “piu” changed to “poco”  ;  
fig 3 bar 5 “con moto moderato” changed to “Allegro energico” ;
p. 15 bar 1 “Poco a poco rall.” ; fig 26 bar 2 “piu rall.” changed to “Largamente <minim> = 48” + <Pause> over last note/rest [the chord for the word “Pan”], followed by comma  ;
p. 16 bar 1: “Molto sostenuto <minim>=50” changed to “Sostenuto <minim>=54” ;
p. 20 bar 1 “piu” crossed out.
p. 21 fig 37 bar 5: “Meno mosso” added.;
fig. 38: “Piu” crossed out ;
p. 22 fig 39: . “Molto sostenuto <minim>=50” changed to “Sostenuto <minim>=54” [1954pr =”60”]
p. 23 bar 1: “Allegretto leggiero <dotted crotchet> = 76-84” changed to “Moderato leggiero <dotted crotchet> = 84” ;
p. 33 fig 61 bar 7: “Tempo I <crotchet> = 84
p. 34 fig 63 bar 5: “Piu” added before animato ;
p. 40 fig 73 bar 2: “Rall.” Added over second crotchet beat.
p. 41 fig 74 bar 1: <Pause> over first note of voice and piano acc.; and over crotchet rest of flute part ;
p. 42 fig 75 bar 7 3rd quaver of flute part to first quaver of next bar an octave higher ;
p. 43 fig 78 bar 6 3rd quaver of flute part to first quaver of next bar an octave higher ;
p. 55 bar 5: “Rall.” ; bar 6 (fig 96) “a tempo” ;
p. 56 fig 97 end of bar 2  “Rall.” ; bar 3 “Piu lento <quaver> =120”
p. 57 fig 98: “<crotchet>=54” changed to “<quaver>=100” ; fig 58 bar 5: “Piu lento …” changed to “a tempo <quaver>=100”
Copy at MRS.30.64 (1954 printing) is “Corrected 4/5/76 from Novello corrected copy D.R.”, and has the following amendments:
p. 8 “(quasi in one)” after metronome mark.

62

Serenade

Copies at MRS.30.71-75 all amended with many corrections. Here are the corrections in MRS.30.72 (“Corrected by the composer July 1961”)
All rehearsal numbers are added.
p. 1. title “Gallant” replaced by “Serenader”
p. 1 bar 1. <crotchet>=”96” changed to “92”
p. 1 bar 3. semiquaver rest removed, dots added to previous quaver; marcato marks removed, slur added.
p. 2 bar 2. ditto
p. 2 bar 8. ditto
p. 6 bar 13. “<crotchet>=100” added after “A tempo”
p. 7 bar 12. “L’istesso Temp” deleted; “Press on a little <crotchet>=104” added.
p. 7 bar 23. Rhythm of last two chord reversed, to crotchet-quaver from quaver-crotchet.
p. 7 bar 26. ditto.
p. 9 bar 8. remove repeat lines and repeat dots.
p. 9 bar 16. R.H. third note: add sharp; L.H. second note A not D.
p. 9 last bar. Remove repeat think line and repeat dots.
p. 10 bar 3. change “impetuoso” to “primo”
p. 10 bar 22. R.H. additional stave. Remove B
p. 10 bar 23. R.H. additional stave. Remove first note (add crotchet rest, and shorten phrase mark).
p. 10 bar 26. R.H. additional stave. Remove BE
p. 10 bar 27. R.H. additional stave. Remove first note (add crotchet rest, and shorten phrase mark).
p. 11 bar 11. L.H. add “fz”
p. 12 bar 18. R.H. second beat E not F#.
p. 14 bar 16. L.H. add natural to bottom note (G)
p. 14 bar 26. Delete whole bar (and comma).
p. 14 bar 27. after sostenuto add <crotchet>=88.
Fair is my love
The changes marked here are incorporated into the 1971 edition of “Two love songs”
Copy of Two love songs (1971) at MRS.30.78 is annotated by the composer:
p. 15, fig 113. “orchestra enters after soloist’s ‘praise’”

63

Morning heroes

Copies at MRS.30.79-82 are of the 1958 reprint (renewed copyright), with amendments by the composer incorporated into the 1983 corrected edition.

64

Fanfare for heroes

Copies at MRS.30.83-84 are corrected: p. 3, last bar, second crotchet, add sharp to trombone III “E”

65

Quintet, clarinet, strings

Copy at MRS.30.85 is 1st ed. corrected by the composer (italicised corrections are incorporated into 2nd ed.)
MRS.30.176 is a copy of the 1961 edition amended by Desmond Ratcliffe in 1976 from a copy amended by AB & DR, with a few amendments never incorporated (even into post 1976 printings).
p. 5. Fig. 7 bar 7. vlc: replace first semiquver with rest.
p. 10. Fig. 15 bar 7. vl2: second note (E) should be crotchet.
p. 11. Fig. 17 bar 7. vlc: replace first semiquver with rest.
p. 14. Fig. 21 bar 1. vl1: 4th note should be high “C” not “D”.
p. 25. Fig 36 bar 2. all parts: add “p”
p. 25. Fig. 36 bar 4. vl1, vl2, vlc: add “mf”
p. 25. Fig. 36 bar 5. vla: add “mf”
p. 26. Fig. 37 bar 1. vla: remove top note from first chord (E)
p. 29. Fig. 42 bar 1. vl2: remove lower D from second chord; remove grace note before 4th beat.
p. 29. Fig. 42 bar 3. vl2: remove lower D from second chord (only); remove grace note before 4th beat.
p. 33. Fig. 46 bar 3. vl2 & vla: 3rd beat triplets: “change Vl II & Vla round”
p. 36. Fig. 50 bar 4. Add “<crotchet>=69 (i.e. moving a little)”  [MRS.30.85]
p. 36. Fig. 50 bar 4. Add “<crotchet>=69 pochissimo piu” [MRS.30.176]
p. 35. Fig. 51 bar 7. vl 1: add “arco” over high “E”
p. 38. Fig. 54 bar 1. Delete “Allegro moderato  <crotchet>=circa 92” ; add “Moderato <crotchet> =circa 88” [MRS.30.176 – added by D.R. to MRS.30.85]
p. 42. Fig. 59 bar 4. After “a tempo” add “pochissimo meno <crotchet>=76” [MRS.30.176 – added by D.R. to MRS.30.85]
p. 43. Fig. 61 bar 1. vl2: remove lower two notes of chord.
p. 46. Fig. 65 bar 5. Add “<crotchet>=69 (i.e. moving a little)”  [MRS.30.85]
p. 46. Fig. 65 bar 5. Add “<crotchet>=69 pochissimo piu” [MRS.30.176]
p. 51. Fig. 73 bar 3. cl: change slur to cover first 5 notes; add slur over first 2 notes of second beat.
p. 52. Fig. 75 bar 1. cl: change second beat to 10 notes (see 2nd ed.)
p. 53. Fig. 76 bars 1-2. cl: add slur to first two notes of each beat (see 2nd ed.)
p. 60. Fig. 89 bar 3. move vla part to vl2. 

69

Things to come. Concert suite (1940)

Corrections in MR310.a.90.33 (only the first correction is incorporated into the 1959 printing):
p. 8, fig 6 bar 1. trb3/tu: replace dotted minim with minim tied to quaver + quaver rest. (corrected in 1959 printing)
p. 14, fig 10 bar 6-8: tpt2 marked “Tacet” ; music for tpt2 pencilled in for hn3
p. 14, fig 11 bar1-2: tpt 1-3. add ties over barline.
p. 42 bar 2. vl1: last quaver should be B not C.

71

Music for strings

Copies at MRS.30.95-96 both marked:
p. 4 fig 4 bars 3-4. vlc & db, replace dotted crotchet  with crotchet and semiquaver rest
p. 11 fig 10. add “<crotchet>=116”
p. 14 bar 1. vlc & db, add “fz” to both crotchets.
p. 16 fig 17 bar 7. add “<crotchet>=120”
p. 19 fig 21. add “<crotchet>=116”
p. 20 bars 1-4. vlc & db, replace dotted crotchet  with crotchet and semiquaver rest
p. 22 fig 26. Change “<crotchet>=80” to “88”
p. 24 bar 1. Add “ten.” to the last note in all parts.
p. 25 bars 1-4. vlc solo: remove slurs and bowing marks.
p. 25 fig 30.  add “<crotchet>=60”
p. 27 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=60” to “66”
p. 29 fig 34. Delete “poco a poco rall.” and at bar 4 “<crotchet>=60”
p. 36 last bar. vl1 “extend 8ve to 1st [beat] of bar”
p. 38 fig 46. Change “<crotchet>=60” to “66”
p. 40 last bar. Add “lunga” over pause.
p. 41 fig 50 bar 10: db : add “f” at end of crescendo hairpin.
p. 42 fig 52 bar 6: db : add “f” at end of crescendo hairpin.

74

Checkmate

Piano score of complete ballet (AB corrected and incorporated into 1951 revised printing; omitting suggested cuts) MRS.30.101:

Bar 1.  c=88
Fig 42 bar 1.    change to <crotchet>=60
Fig 42 bar 5.    change to <dotted crotchet>=60
Fig 51 bar 3.    Change "Moderato giojosamente <crotchet>=112" to "Allegro giojosamente <crotchet>=132”
Fig 54 bar 6.    delete comma
Fig 55 bar 1.    change to <crotchet>=132
Fig 56 bar 1.    delete "pochissimo piu mosso” change to <crotchet>=132"
Fig 57  bar 1.  change to <crotchet>=120
Fig 58 bar 1.  change to <crotchet>=stet
Fig 61 bar 1.  change to <crotchet>=132

Fig 83 bar 8.    Delete "Grave <crotchet>=56" add "Larghetto <crotchet>=69”
Fig 111 bar 6.  change to <crotchet>=92
Fig 128 bar 1. “ossia” [melody in duple quavers]
Fig 131 bar 6.  change to <crotchet>=92
Fig 134 bar 1.  change to <crotchet>=60
Fig 143 bar 1.  change to <crotchet>=84
Fig 160 bar 4.  change to <minim>=69
Fig 164 bar 1.  change to <minim>=69
Fig 166 bar 1.  change to <minim>=69
Fig 189 bar 1.  change to <crotchet>=96

Concert suite. MR310.a.90.31 (full score) marked (figures only)
Fig 32 bar 2. vla first note: C# replaced with B#
Fig 50 bar 2. vl1. add “Solo”
Fig 50 bar 6. Vl1. Add “tutti”
Fig 53 bar 1. (vl1) add “Dolce slower”
Fig 53 bar 8. Vl1 add <natural> after “tr” sign
Fig 62 bar 1. Add “Slower”

Five dances (MR310.a.90.32)
Fig 32 bar 2. vla first note: C# replaced with B#
[Fig 50 bar 2-5 printed as solo vl]
Fig 51 bar 3 (Red knight’s mazurka). Change “Moderato” to “Allegro”; change “<crotchet>=112” to “120”
Fig 53 bar 8. Vl1 add <natural> after “tr” sign
Fig 54 last bar. Add “No break. See also before 61”
Fig 55 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=112” to “120”
Fig 56 bar 1. Delete “pochissimo piu mosso <crotchet>=132”
Fig 56 bar 4. Vla. Change last quaver F to quaver rest.
Fig 58 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=132” to “120”
Fig 61 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=112” to “120”
Fig 63 bar 4. Change hairpin diminuendo to hairpin crescendo
Fig 63 bar 10. Timp. Add comma before last quaver.
Fig 69 bar 1. Strings. Delete “mp” add “p”
Finale bar 1. Add fig “169”
Finale bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=152” to “144”
Fig 189 bar 1. Change “Moderato maestoso <crotchet>=100” to “Maestoso <crotchet>=72, <quaver>=144” ; add “Twice as slow”

Prologue and five dances (MRS.30.100)
Fig 32 bar 2. vla first note: C# replaced with B#
Fig 50 bar 1. Add “rall”
Fig 50 bar 2. Add “a tempo”
[Fig 50 bar 2-5 printed as solo vl]
Fig 51 bar 3 (Red knight’s mazurka). Change “Moderato” to “Allegro”; change “<crotchet>=112” to “120”
Fig 53 bar 8. Vl1 add <natural> after “tr” sign
Fig 55 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=112” to “120”
Fig 56 bar 1. Delete “pochissimo piu mosso <crotchet>=132”
Fig 56 bar 4. Vla. Change last quaver F to quaver rest.
Fig 58 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=132” to “120”
Fig 61 bar 1. Change “<crotchet>=112” to “120”
Fig 63 bar 4. Change hairpin diminuendo to hairpin crescendo
Fig 63 bar 10. Timp. Add comma before last quaver.
Fig 69 bar 1. Strings. Delete “mp” add “p”
Finale bar 1. Add fig “169”
Fig 189 bar 1. Change “Moderato maestoso <crotchet>=100” to “Maestoso <crotchet>=preceding<quaver>”
Fig 190 bar 1. Change “poco a poco rall.” to “poco rall.”

The holograph (GB Lbl Ms. Egerton.3770) has corrections and metronome marks as found in the earliest published editions (of both full and piano scores).. The following cuts involve music not found in the published full scores:
Fig 7 . 11 bars .

One amendment in the full score that has not been incorporated into the new edition is:
Fig. 74 bar 4. trbn 1-2. last quaver should be G+Db (not Bb-+D)

76

Concerto, piano, orchestra

Piano reduction (1940 edition) (MRS.30.109 “Master copy”); all incorporated into the 1968 edition.
p. 17 Fig 20 bar 8: add “rit.”
p. 43 Fig 47 bar 1: change “<crotchet>=170” to “160”
p. 47 Fig 51 bar 5: add “moving a little”
p. 48 Fig 52 bar 5: add “<crotchet>=66”
p. 54 Fig 58 bar 8: add “piu agitato”
p. 60 Fig 66 bar 3: delete “poco” add “molto”
p. 62 Movement III bar 1: change “<crotchet>=66” to “76”
p. 64 Fig 71 bar 8: change “<dotted quaver>=152” to “144”
p. 77 Fig 97 bar 1: change “ma” to “piu”
p. 79 Fig 100 bar 1: change “vivo <quaver>=138” to “capriccioso <quaver>=c. 108”
p. 80 Fig 101 bar 1: add “pochissimo piu mosso”
p. 81 Fig 101 bar 6: add “pochissimo meno mosso”
p. 81 Fig 102 bar 2: delete “piu mosso” add “a tempo vivo <dotted quaver>=144”
p. 82 Fig 104 bar 3: delete “<quaver>=152”
p. 94 Fig 123 bar 3: add “tenuto”
p. 94 Fig 123 bar 4: add “a tempo”
p. 99 Fig 129 bar 3 over 4th crotchet: add “rit.”
Full score (MR310.a.90.n): only italicised lines incorporated into the 1959 miniature score reprint.
p. 5 Fig 2 bar 6 crotchet 3. vl1: [too many ledger lines, notes should be] “GGAG” [as in vl2]
p. 11 Fig 5 bar 10 crotchet 3. timp.: replace crotchet with quaver rest+quaver 
p. 21 Fig 11 bar 1. hn1 & 3: add “mf”
p. 37 Fig 20 bar 8: add “poco rit.” [“rit.” Added to reprint]
p. 86 Fig 47 bar 1: change “<minim>=88” to “<crotchet>160”
p. 93 Fig 51 bar 5: add “moving a little”
p. 96 Fig 52 bar 5: add “<crotchet>=66”
p. 110 Fig 60 bar 1. vl1: add “Solo”
p. 112 Fig 61 bar 3. vl1: add “Tutti”
p. 120 Fig 66 bar 3: delete “poco” add “molto”
p. 120 Fig 66 bar 5. all strings: add “sul pont.”
p. 121 Fig 67 bar 1 crotchet 1. timp: replace triplet quaver C# with crotchet C# on first beat only.
p. 121 Fig 67 bar 5. all strings: add “nat.”
p. 124 Movement III bar 1: change “<crotchet>=66” to “76”
p. 130 Fig 71 bar 8: change “<dotted quaver>=152” to “144”
p. 158 Fig 97 bar 1: change “ma” to “piu”
p. 159 Fig 100 bar 1: change “vivo <quaver>=138” to “capriccioso <quaver>=c. 108”
p. 160 Fig 101 bar 1: add “pochissimo piu mosso”
p. 160 Fig 101 bar 6: add “pochissimo meno mosso”
p. 161 Fig 102 bar 2: delete “piu mosso” add “a tempo vivo <dotted quaver>=144”
p. 164 Fig 104 bar 3: delete “<quaver>=152”
p. 185 Fig 120 bar 5. vlc: add “1/2 vlcs on lower octave with basses”
p. 188 Fig 123 bar 3: add “tenuto”
p. 188 Fig 123 bar 4: add “a tempo”
p. 197 Fig 129 bar 3 over 4th crotchet: add “rit.”

Miniature score (partially corrected reprint of 1962) (MRS.30.113) “corrected  AB May 1971”
p. 5 Fig 2 bar 6 crotchet 3. vl1: [too many ledger lines, notes should be] “GGAG” as in vl2
p. 13 to right of piano part “leger to A” [but no correction marked]
p. 21 Fig 11 bar 1. hn1 & 3: add “mf”
p. 86 Fig 47 bar 1: change “<minim>=88” to “<crotchet>160”
p. 93 Fig 51 bar 5: add “moving a little”
p. 96 Fig 52 bar 5: add “<crotchet>=66”
p. 120 Fig 66 bar 3: delete “poco” add “molto”
p. 121 Fig 67 bar 1 crotchet 1. timp: replace triplet quaver C# with crotchet C# on first beat only.
p. 124 Movement III bar 1: change “<crotchet>=66” to “76”
p. 130 Fig 71 bar 8: change “<dotted quaver>=152” to “144”
p. 158 Fig 97 bar 1: change “ma” to “piu”
p. 159 Fig 100 bar 1: change “vivo <quaver>=138” to “capriccioso <quaver>=c. 108”
p. 160 Fig 101 bar 1: add “pochissimo piu mosso”
p. 160 Fig 101 bar 6: add “pochissimo meno mosso”
p. 161 Fig 102 bar 2: delete “piu mosso” add “a tempo vivo <dotted quaver>=144”
p. 164 Fig 104 bar 3: delete “<quaver>=152”
p. 185 Fig 120 bar 5. vlc: add “1/2 vlcs on lower octave with basses”
p. 188 Fig 123 bar 3: add “tenuto”
p. 188 Fig 123 bar 4: add “a tempo”
p. 197 Fig 129 bar 3 over 4th crotchet: add “rit.”